Carrots for Kids!
With a new industrial food processor, The Hub on The Hill will be able to meet the needs of individual schools and expand the reach of our program. Updated equipment will make farm to school processing more efficient and will increase the amount of food we can provide directly to area schools.
Seven of the target schools served by The Hub on the Hill have an average of 53% free and reduced meal eligibility. When you start with healthy local food as fuel, you support children from the inside out to better their education.
Each school within the program has a different kitchen set up. This poses an ongoing challenge for the Hub.
In an effort to make local food accessible to all, we must continue to gear our products to fit the needs of each kitchen. For example, we processed butternut squash for schools in the fall and send out whole squash to those schools who have fully outfitted kitchens, diced and sliced to less outfitted kitchens and vacuumed sealed puree to those schools with little to no kitchen capacity.
The farm to school program will make a measurable difference in our local children’s lives through encouraging a diversified diet, increasing interest in local agriculture through exposure at a young age, supporting the local food system through direct sales to farms to keep dollars local, and reducing the negative impacts associated with food transportation.
We currently process for: North Country School, Black Kettle Farm and Lakeside School, Westport School District, Plattsburgh Central School, Keene Central School District, Newcomb Central Schools, Willsboro School District, Lake Placid School District, CVTech Mineville, Schroon Lake School District, Saranac Lake Central School District, Elizabethtown- Lewis, and the Peru Central School District and more to come.
This food processor costs $10,000. With your support we can make this happen. We have already received a generous grant of $2,500 from the Cloudspliter Foundation, raised $300 from a raffle at the Adirondack Harvest Festival and hoping your support through this campaign will help us reach our goal!
About Hub on The Hill
Inspired by, and formed around the spirit of collaboration, our aim is to promote and support local farms and food makers in the Adirondacks. As a rural food hub, we stand as a model of “community-based” scale - with the goal of encouraging all of us to eat the food grown by ourselves and our neighbors.
The facility is a hub for local food and culture, but also a community space fostering creativity and shared services while cultivating our dynamic local economy. We strive to connect the missing links in the chain between the craftsman and the consumer, streamlining the production, packaging and distribution of these products. The full time co-packing and processing activities expand opportunities for farmers and small businesses to reach markets well past the growing season while providing a greater diversity of products to sell, and for consumers to have access to. Producers that utilize the Hub have access to a myriad of resources including the commercial kitchen, bulk supplies, storage, marketing, and collaborative ordering systems.